Girl Fawkes

Remember, remember, the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot

It’s November 5th, ‘Guy Fawkes Day’ in England, when we hold bonfires and burn an effigy of ‘Guy’ to recall a plot to blow up parliament in 1605.

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In recent years the event has sometimes been a little bit politicised, with the effigy of ‘Guy’ being replaced with more contemporary hate figures.

Prime Minister David Cameron is being torched somewhere tonight, a reaction to what’s perceived to be an uncaring government.

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As I type, a march is underway in London to protest against the government.

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Being dubbed the ‘million mask march’, a nod towards America’s ‘Million Man March‘, the mood can be seen above. ‘Our bank owners are our slave masters : wake up!’ is the general sort of message that gets delivered. Yes, that’s Nelson’s Column in the background of the photo. Yes, that’s central London right now. And yes, I’m not so very far away from where this photo was taken, right now, as I’m in London on work related matters today and tomorrow.

Guy’s image has been appropriated recently in the wake of the film V for Vendetta, and is growing into a symbol of resistance to government actions in many countries around the world.

I got a Guy mask on the Marketplace for L$0, and my protest, if I have one, is the manner in which some sim owners and Second Life bloggers object to nudity, with even skin designers blogging their products with ‘pasties’ or pixelation. It’s a computer game’s depiction of the male or female form. Everyone reading possess one or the other, and blurring, pastifying, or being in general denial of what each of us has is silly.

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Back to ‘the southern hemisphere’ tomorrow after a flying visit home.

Abigail

Moment of entry/Leap of faith

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It all began with the photo above, of a couple of older people, perhaps not even ‘naturists’, leaping from a dock into water, with a positive message about not caring what anyone else thinks. I just loved the positivity of it all.

Maybe they’re going skinny dipping for the first time, just grabbing an opportunity. One thing then led to another, less regarding ‘older’ naturists or skinny dippers, but that moment of entry into water, a leap into the unknown, not unlike a first time naturist experience.

So I looked and found

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Leaps, dives, moments of entry, a sheer sense of skinny-dipping joy in each.

The Belleck House sim has its own dock, so I asked Nan, an older avatar I know, if she’d like to pose for me, as there’s a couple of superb animations at the dock that capture the sense of joy in that leap, while still acknowledging the ‘older’ skinny dipper of the first photo.

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I didn’t try to make them ‘arty’ at all. These are raw photos. I just felt that they’re one of the very best SL animations I’ve seen in a long time.

Diane

We’re moving south for the winter (2)

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Abigail and I, looking confused outside the airport. Where’s our gate?

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Check in is a drag, and there’s a queue. Customer service is not what it might be!

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I only want to buy a sandwich, not purchase the bakery that provided the bread and the farm that provided the tomatoes! Ripped off again? Welcome to an airport!

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Taking the escalator up to our Gate

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And there’s our plane. Remind me, again, Abi, about Air Pukalani’s safety record #nervousflyer

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Taking SL Naturist south for the winter seemed like such a good idea at the time! #stillanervousflyer!

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I’m sure we’ll get to our seats once some idiot has managed to stuff an over-sized bag they should have checked into the hold into the overhead locker!

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And we’re in the air! There’s the sun on the horizon.

All photos above taken at Phoenix Airport. Apart from the one taken over the Bay of Biscay while flying Jet2 back from the Med earlier this year. And obviously SL Phoenix Airport, not the one in Arizona. Oh, shut up, Trine, you gabble nervously when flying! 🙂

Anyway, here we are in Brazil, and we’ve already covered a story from singer Barbara Eugenia performing naked in Sao Paolo before we’ve even got our suitcases unpacked! 🙂

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Heroes of naturism: What are you afraid of? Barbara Eugenia isn’t afraid.

Brazilian singer Barbara Eugenia has performed naked on stage in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo.

I’m not familiar with her music at all, but she’s apparently very popular, and no stranger to nudity, as this video for one of her songs, Jusqu’a La Mort, shows. Confusingly, the title of the song is in French, and means ‘Until death’.

The video is all rather artily shot, her face never clear, and while Barbara sports a couple of tattoos, well these could surely be easily replicated on a model, couldn’t they?

I should also add that I’ve listened to some other of her other youtube videos and the music is all rather good. This is not the music of a newcomer projecting her body as a distraction from rather feeble songs. The music sounds moody and beautifully sung. Put it like this, I’d buy it! No, Barbara is now 35 as she releases ‘Jusqu’a la Mort’, and follows it up with last week’s Sao Paolo performance.

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‘What are you afraid of?’ the banner reads in Portuguese

Holding a banner that says ‘What are you afraid of’ during the concert, which began clothed, we tried to find out if it was some sort of protest or exhortation for people to lose their clothes.

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The concert began with Ms. Eugenia dressed

She’s previously been photographed sporting tattoos while semi-clad.

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I’ve only found one site which shows photographs of her nude performance, and information was limited as to her reasoning. But her Facebook page is a little more forthcoming, where she has written about the motivation on a website called Journalistes Livres (Free Journalism) and says -we’ve received the following synopsis via our Brazilian correspondent Natalia-

We are human, made of flesh, and are an ingenious machine. The body is only this packaging, this vessel. It’s natural and it’s beautiful. At some point in history, they decided it was ugly and vulgar. Especially the female body.

Thinking about this, I had the idea of ​​doing a performance, an intervention on my show. Get naked and say a few words to show that a body is just a body. Arriving at SESC Belenzinho, the venue, I spoke to my dear partner Tata Airplane and Peri Pane, which would take part in some songs, and invited them to come with me holding a writing group, “you are afraid of that?”
Man, woman, we are all made of subatomic particles.

This show happened the same weekend in which women (and many men) took to the streets to protest an absurd piece of legislation in which a raped woman is denied her rights.

I suggest we work every so that harmony reigns. It should be natural, so let’s roll up our sleeves! It is not the naturalness of nudity, is the naturalness of life.

Bravo, Barbara, very well said!

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Here’s a few more photos from the concert, for which we salute Barbara Eugenia as one of our ‘heroes of naturism’.

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I’m glad now that we’ve decided to take SL Naturist ‘south’ for the winter. We’ve kicked off our winter coverage with a story we’d maybe never have discovered had we remained focussed on a northern hemisphere’s winter.

Trine

 

 

 

 

We’re moving south for the winter

Looking back over SL Naturist’s archives it’s clear there’s a Eurocentric dimension to the blog. That’s understandable, as the writers have been European, experiencing European naturism.

As the northern hemisphere’s summer and mild autumn slips slowly away, I though we might winter down south.

That means I intend to explore some southern hemisphere real life naturist locations over our northern winter months, and perhaps try to reflect the southern hemisphere’s approaching naturist season. It’s spring time down there right now, so hopefully there will be plenty to report.

And yes, we’re going to reflect that in our Second Lives. On the run up to Christmas, look out for us donning Santa hats but out on a Second Life naturist beach with a turkey dinner. You can sort of guess where this is going.

To that end I’ve secured the services of two avatars hoping to provide some insight into the southern hemisphere’s approach to naturism. The first is Natalia, a Brazilian avi, who I think we’re agreed will report from there (she speaks no English, I speak no Portuguese, so the posts may need to be edited to read properly in English. Our in-world conversations are conducted wither using a Second Life translator add-on, which is imperfect, or Google Translate, also imperfect). The second person going to help me out here is Charlene, an Australian living in the UK (so we’re on the same time zone) but who had experience and knowledge of some of Australia’s naturist locations prior to her decamping to live and work in London.

Hopefully, between them, they’ll be able to also report on Peru, Argentina, New Zealand and so on.

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Sandy Bay, Australia

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Tambaba, Brazil

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Camera/Girl

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I have access to the SL Naturist photo archive, and I’m going to guess that you’ve only ever seen about 5% or less of it on SL Naturist, the archive itself running to thousands of photographs.

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Diane Toxx, SL Naturist’s recently (re)appointed official photographer

 

It’s a testament to the hard work put in by SL Naturist’s past photographers Harry, Hugh and Diane.

I’ve no photographic talent, in or out of Second Life, so the issue of getting someone with a photographer’s eye has been pressing since I took on the editorial role.

Abi has some Photoshop experience which has benefitted us, but both of us might suggest to you that our ‘talents’, such as they are, are more in the roles of words and sourcing stories that reflect the naturist lifestyle in Second Life or stories from real life that we can apply to Second Life.

To that end I’ve been negotiating with Diane Toxx, a former SL Naturist photographer, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve secured her services once more. This pleases me on two levels. For one, the quality of the photography may improve. Secondly, it means there’s now a link to the previous editorial staff and that creates a sense of continuity which I think is important.

I referenced Diane in a previous post, in a roundabout way, and I’m pleased to say I’m now officially unveiling her as SL Naturist’s sole official photographer. I know there were ‘issues’ in the past regarding a post she made that resulted in a minor blogosphere spat. That’s not my concern and the slate is clear. I know that stupid little drama, precipitated by others, led to SL Naturist being de-linked to other blog sites and, from what I can gather, the loss of a SL Naturist office on the grid. I repeat: that’s none of my concern. We are where we are as a blog and we move forward. Welcome, camera-girl.

Trine

Karass : Hannah Saunders

Photographer Hannah Saunders discusses her new photographic project ‘Karass’ (the meaning of the title is discussed in the article) at fotografia magazine.

The purpose of the exhibition is the demystification, I suggest, of the overly sexualised human body and to this end Hannah has photographed herself and her friends in non-sexual situations. It has been explained to me that in certain circumstances SL Naturist does not infringe other people’s copyright by using photographs from articles (as I’d intended to illustrate this post with a photo from the project), even though other blogs might run fast and free with copyright. As a result I’m illustrating this posting with a portrait of Hannah Saunders from her Twitter account.

 

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Abigail